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BERWICK — Police said a missing woman was located Sunday morning laying in heavy brush near Canal Street.


Judith Patterson, 71, was alert and responsive and treated at the scene by emergency medical services personnel. Patterson was reported missing Saturday morning by her daughter, Wynette Hartig.


Patterson had been undergoing testing for dementia and family members indicated that she had been somewhat confused lately, police said.


Berwick Police Chief Kenneth Strish credited officers Holden Sprung and Reagan Rafferty who worked the case, saying they went above and beyond expected duty to locate Patterson.


HANOVER TWP. — Police on Sunday said two people were cited with underage drinking in the area of Oxford and Woodbury streets around 3:40 a.m.


Police said Matthew Nelson, 20, of Wilkes-Barre and Samantha Cheslaw, 19, of Hazleton showed signs of intoxication. Police came in contact with them while responding to a noise complaint. Nelson and Cheslaw were released to family members.


WILKES-BARRE — Police reported the following:


• No one was injured in a crash around 11:15 a.m. Sunday on Hanover Street, but the driver, Mary Scatena was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Plains Township for a blood alcohol test. Scatena was driving east on the roadway and struck two parked cars, causing her vehicle to flip onto its roof.


• An arrest warrant on charges of simple assault and harassment will be filed for John Slusarik, 41, of Sheridan Street, after he struck a 37-year-old woman from Wilkes-Barre in the back and shoulder area with a chair early Sunday morning, police said.


Police were dispatched to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital around 12:45 a.m. for a report of an assault victim and met the woman. She said she and her boyfriend Slusarik were arguing at a Sheridan Street residence and a shelf broke and struck the woman causing a fat lip. When she told Slusarik that she was going to the hospital he struck her with the chair. A third party intervened and woman fled the scene. Police were not able to locate Slusarik at the time of the report.


• Police on Friday seized approximately 2,000 bags of heroin with a street value of nearly $40,000 during a raid of a residence at 19 S. Empire St. Kenneth Evans, 21, and a juvenile girl were taken into custody after police with the assistance of the state police SERT team served a search warrant around 9:30 p.m. as part of an investigation into drug dealing in the area of the Sherman Hills apartment complex.


Police also seized crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and heroin with a street value of approximately $5,000. The girl was identified as a missing person and released to her family pending action in Luzerne County juvenile court.


Anthony Scott, 29, of South Grant Street, Wilkes-Barre was arrested after he rammed an undercover police vehicle and fled the scene, police said. Scott’s vehicle was later stopped and he was taken into custody. He ingested crack cocaine and later required medical treatment.


• Paul Woychio was taken into custody around 1:10 p.m. Friday on Public Square on a warrant issued by the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department. He was transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and committed.


• Antoine Randall of Old River Road was taken into custody around 5:15 p.m. Friday for allegedly violating a Protection from Abuse order issued against him.


Police were dispatched to a residence on Old River Road and located Randall leaving the rear of the house. He was taken to police headquarters and held for an arraignment.


• Charles Chandler, 47, of Plymouth, and John Albert Jackson, 45, of Wilkes-Barre, were arrested on drug charges after plainclothes officers witnessed them conduct a drug deal on Public Square around 9:45 a.m. Friday., police said.


Chandler was charged with possession of heroin and possession with the intent to deliver heroin in a school zone. Jackson was charged with possession of heroin.


• Amy Marcinkiewicz of North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m Friday on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of theft.


Police saw a woman running onto North Sherman Street from Sherman Hills and stopped her to make sure she was safe. Police said a records check through Luzerne County 911 indicated there was an arrest warrant issued for her. She was transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and committed.

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